A Family Market Place
Farm Fresh Produce
Community Supported Agriculture
What is a CSA?
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics:
A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of fruits and vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") at the beginning of the growing season and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the growing season. For more information please Google Community Supported Agriculture
Here is a list of crops that we offer to our shareholders over the course of the growing season.... if everything goes to plan:
Acorn Squash, Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli,Brussel, Sprouts, Buttercup Squash, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collards, Cucumbers, Egg Plant, Festival Squash, Garlic, Green Beans, Ground Cherries, Herbs – (Basil, Cilantro, Thyme, Oregano, and more), Hot Peppers – (Jalapeno, Habanero, Chili, Long Slim Red Hot), Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce – (Leaf, Head), Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions – (Sweet Candy, Reds, Green Table, Wala-Wala), Peas – (Sugar Snap, Snow), Peppers – (Green, Sweet Yellows, Sweet Reds, Anaheim, Gypsy), Pie Pumpkins, Potatoes – (Yukon Gold, Russet, New, Reds, Kennebec), Radishes, Salad Greens, Spinach, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, , Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash, Zucchini
Apples, Rhubarb, Cantaloupe, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon, Pears
Brief Over Our Subscription
For the 2020 produce season, A Family Market Place is offering several CSA Share size options to match any size appetite. We have three sizes of shares available to fit any size of family.
We also have two options for the duration of the CSA Subscription; a full season extends 20 weeks beginning approximately the first week of June (weather obviously plays a role). For the less ambitious veggie/fruit eaters we offer a ½ Season Subscription that spans 10 weeks beginning the second Thursday in July.
The traditional CSA model has one short-coming, if the farm has poor yielding crop during a given season due to drought, hail, pest infestation, etc. the entire group of shareholders lose out a portion of paid value. A new more ‘modern’ model has been emerging in recent years, known as a Multi-Farm CSA it is designed to drastically reduce the risk of crop loss or shortened season. A Family Market Place operates on a Multi-Farm CSA concept, translating into complete customer satisfaction. Our farm, A Family Market Place, is now entering 6 years of experience.
Last year we included over 50 varieties of produce in CSA Shares, the earliest producer is Radishes during springtime and we round out our season late in October with Pumpkins, Squash, and storage crops. As mentioned, we have a handful of select local growers that we use to augment our supply and selection of only the freshest locally grown produce.
While some of our products are grown/raised on our Waterloo farm, we do utilize a handful of select specialized growers to provide our customers with an incredibly diverse selection of farm fresh products. ALL of our products are proudly grown in IOWA and 95% of which is direct from farms located in the Cedar Valley!!
Buy Fresh, Buy Local
How much food comes each week?
A question that is asked frequently. Our CSA shares come in a food-grade waxed box; the box holds 1/2 of a bushel of food (please see the picture to the right side of this page, this is a photo of the waxed boxes that we use). A single share receives a minimum 1 box, a small family share receives a minimum of 2 boxes, and a large family share receives a minimum of 4 boxes. Each box is packed with the same mix of the freshest seasonal produce. So the small family and large family shares receive the same variety of food that the single share receives, but receives double and quadruple the quantity respectively.
In reality you will receive more than the minimum. Last year, 16 of the 20 weeks shareholders received more than the minimum. We recognize that our CSA shareholders are making an upfront investment into our farm, with that in mind we make it a goal to reward shareholders with extra food as a 'kickback' of sorts as our way of saying thanks!! Many of our past shareholders have stated that when the "excess" food comes, they use their normal amount to cook for the week, and then with the excess they will can or freeze it so their family can enjoy during the winter months. There is nothing like the taste of summer during the cold months of winter.
Size of your Subscription:
$25 / Week - Single Share (Minimum of 1/2 Bushel -- Feeds 1 to 3 Adults) --- Most Popular Size
$45 / Week - Small Family Share (Minimum of Full Bushel --Feeds 3 to 6 Adults) --- Great for Families that like to Can/Freeze
$90 / Week - Large Family Share (Minimum of 2 Full Bushel -- Feeds 6 to 9 Adults)
Duration of Subscription:
Full Season - 20 Weeks - Target Start Date is June 1st (weather plays a role here; give or take a week). We will communicate with CSA Subscription members as June approaches with a more specific date.
Half Season - 10 Weeks - Begins Second Thursday in July
Pick-up Locations: CSA Share Pick-up is Every Thursday thru Season:
A Family Market Place (Our Farm): 3142 East Shaulis Road, Waterloo
Home Delivery: Add $5/week
Gilbertville Locker in Gilbertville (Pick up Between 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy Outlet in Cedar Falls (Pick up Between 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Moo Roo’s in Waterloo (Pick up Between 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Newbo City Market – Cedar Rapids (Pick up Between 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Parkersburg Hardware - Parkersburg Iowa (Pick up Between 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Peoples Clinic - Waterloo (905 Franklin Street)
New Locations Welcome - contact us to set up
Early Bird Discount - 15% Discount if Payment Received by March 15th !!!
Payment in Full: Due by April 15th
Two Payments: Due Dates April 15th & June 1st
Checks – Make Payable to: A Family Market Place
Debit/Credit - Visa/Mastercard – Please contact us to set up payment
Labor Barter - Instead of paying for your share with money, you have the option to "work" for your payment ---- 2 Hours/Week
Refer A Friend Program:
If You Refer a Friend to Sign Up; You Will Receive 1 Free Bottle of Local Honey
Donate a Share and We will Match It........
Not everyone in our great state of Iowa has the fortune of being food secure. Thousands of families with children struggle to put food on the table, many of those families utilize area food banks to help to combat the struggle. However, those food banks are only able to assist families if donations from the community allow for such assistance on a sustained level. That is why we have made a commitment to match dollar to dollar our CSA Share Members. While signing up for our CSA make a donation selection of your choice. You choose the amount and which organization will receive the donation and we will match your donation amount to that organization. So if you choose to donate $50 to the NE Iowa Food Bank we will deliver $100 of produce to the food bank to be distributed to struggling Iowa families. Your donations are tax deductible, so you will receive a tax receipt once your donation is delivered.
The “Fine” Print..........
If at any point in time, you are not completely satisfied with your share, let us know and you will be refunded for the remainder of the season. Pick-up locations are set, but not in stone. Please give us a heads up about a week a head of time so we can adjust.
We are extremely grateful to each of the businesses that allow us to use their facilities (at no charge) as pick up locations; with this in mind, we want to make as little of a disturbance to their operation as possible. To minimize any disruptions we are requiring all CSA Shares to be picked up by you (the shareholder) on Thursdays by 9 PM (closing time). We had a bit of a issue with this last year and want our members to commit to picking up only on Thursdays.
In the event that your family takes a vacation during the CSA Season, there is two options, with a 10 day notice. You can donate your share to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, their truck visits our farm weekly to pick up our donations, so your share will be added to the truck and we will provide you with a tax receipt. You give it to a neighbor or friend – they would pick-up your share on your behalf.
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